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Friday, June 26, 2020

Police in Detroit were trying to figure out who stole five watches from a Shinola retail store. Authorities say the thief took off with an estimated $3,800 worth of merchandise. Investigators pulled a security video that had recorded the incident. Detectives zoomed in on the grainy footage and ran the person who appeared to be the suspect through facial recognition software. A hit came back: Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, 42, of Farmington Hills, Mich., about 25 miles northwest of Detroit. In January, police pulled up to Williams' home and arrested him while he stood on his front lawn in front of his wife and two daughters, ages 2 and 5, who cried as they watched their father being placed in the patrol car. His wife, Melissa Williams, wanted to know where police were taking her husband. " 'Google it,' " she recalls an officer telling her.

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Ah, NPR.. I should have suspected as much. Must be some very savvy investors..

#1 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-06-26 01:12 AM | Reply

@#1 ... Ah, NPR. ...

I've seen the story reported, with the same facts, in other news outlets.

Do you think any of the facts reported are incorrect? Or do you just not like the fact that the story is reported?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-26 09:28 AM | Reply

@#2

It seems that some people just don't like reality. Trying to get them to articulate their philosophy and goals and how to achieve those is an exercise in futility.

They attack everything but have nothing more useful to add to the discourse than to lament that their pie-in-the-sky utopia did not spring into spontaneous existence. They also attack anyone who wants to create a functioning and civil society in the interim.

#3 | Posted by censored at 2020-06-26 10:52 AM | Reply

There are plenty of studies that show facial recognition isn't reliable, and especially so with black persons. Two studies were linked in the article, but there are plenty of others. Anyone who works with facial recognition should know this. It's also really poor with low-contrast images, which is one of the hypotheses about why it does so poorly with dark-skinned faces. The idea of using it with low-resolution, grainy security cam footage should have been a non-starter even before the issues with errors recognizing black faces.

#4 | Posted by StatsPlease at 2020-06-26 05:36 PM | Reply

It seems that some people just don't like reality. Trying to get them to articulate their philosophy and goals and how to achieve those is an exercise in futility.
They attack everything but have nothing more useful to add to the discourse than to lament that their pie-in-the-sky utopia did not spring into spontaneous existence. They also attack anyone who wants to create a functioning and civil society in the interim.
#3 | POSTED BY CENSORED AT 2020-06-26 10:52 AM

Harvesting pictures is an industry, but not for a functioning and civil society. Rather, generations of inaction allow this in the interim, mainly because you appear to dislike reality and instead focus on enacting a police state.

Utopia.. I wouldn't belong. Nice idea though, thanks.

#5 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-06-26 05:41 PM | Reply

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